Those Cheeky Brits!

Here’s the UK edition of my book, courtesy of John Murrays! You have to love the cover!

UK readers can pre-order my book on Amazon.co.UK by clicking here! Many thanks to Eleanor, Helen, Lucy, and everyone at John Murrays!


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Those Cheeky Brits! — 121 Comments

  1. I thought they made a different hand gesture in the UK than giving the finger…?

    Otherwise, that’s awesome and I wish we could get away with that in the US.

  2. Yes, Brits use two fingers rather than one. But we’ll generally understand the single finger (even if we think ‘oh, it’s those culturally-insensitive Yanks again’)

  3. If you must have that cover, I’ve ordered loads of books from Amazon.co.uk and had them shipped to the US. Shipping usually costs about 10 bucks, so you’d end up paying $30 for your copy. You get a lot of extra ‘U’s in the words though, that’s probably where the extra cost comes in.

  4. OK, I am definitely going to a bookstore in london to buy this when I go on vacation…the cover is too awesome not to.

  5. I’m a brit who thinks the cover idea is great – but doesn’t that look like a terrible photoshop to anybody else?

  6. Cool cover! Too bad we don’t have that one in the US.

    So, which 2 fingers are used in the UK? Inquiring minds want to know!

  7. sadi, the two fingers used are the first two. It’s like a V for Victory sign, but with your palm facing you instead of facing outwards.

  8. Sadi, For a true Brit two-fingered salute use the index and second fingers, folding in the other fingers and thumb, and flick the two fingers up a little when giving the V sign.

    And congratulations Waiter, looking forward to more international editions spreading your fame!

  9. we’ll generally understand the single finger

    What?! Why on earth wouldn’t we understand it? It’s used interchangeably with 2 fingers.

    I don’t think that book cover will be found acceptable in the UK, any more than in the US. Sorry.

  10. Between that and the great Underground Booze Protest they just had, I’m groung to love the Brits more everyday.

  11. I like that _much_ better than the American cover. Much more to the point. I’d pick up that book and look at it even if I didn’t know about the Waiter.

    Covers of mainstream American books are fairly wimpy. Maybe wimpy publishers are afraid that a bold cover wouldn’t get past the censors at Walmart.

  12. When you compare the two covers, the UK version makes more sense than the US version based on the subject matter.

  13. I suppose it’s sad that I know this, but the “V” sign was to show in battle that the long bowmen still had their bow fingers and were going to make their enemies all look like a statue of St. Sebastian.

    But Waiter, you don’t hate all your customers…or do you?

  14. @Ian:

    Damn! Having to read the book in US grammar and spelling didn’t occur to me when I was ordering.

    I don’t want to have to try and interpret words like ‘color’, ‘theater’ and ‘organize’.

    Oh well, I’ll get the UK version when it comes out here, and gift the US version to one of my less grammatically discerning mates.

    Great cover, by the way!

  15. Haha, I’ve given customers the finger many a time! From the kitchen of course.

    I love the UK cover and can’t wait to get it! British waiters ftw :]

  16. It’s a great cover, I still like the concept of the US version, but this one takes the cake.

    The important question though which no one seems to have asked… Is that your finger Waiter?

  17. Does that mean the samething in the UK, I thought for them flipping the bird was with two fingers. Either way its a great cover, I might order it from amazon uk just for that.

  18. May have to get my Swedish friend to get me copy of the UK edition. I already have ordered the US version, unfortunately, I think it will arrive just after I leave for vacation, so I will have to wait until I get home to read it.

  19. The British cover is just stunning! I can’t wait for my copy!

    One finger; two fingers… We do indeed use both. The “up yours” is the traditional two fingers, like Winston Churchill’s Victory sign, but with your hand the other way around, the one finger salute… Well, let’s just say it determined to be a little ruder… Something along the lines of ‘please fornicate off’.

    And I saw mention of the ‘two finders represent British archers’ thing… A lovely story, yet unfortunately an urban myth started in the mid 70s. No one really knows where two finger salute came from, but the most educated guesses imply it was from an Anglo-Saxon curse, where you were forcing the devil on your target (the fingers indicating the horns of the beast).

    But back to the book; I wonder if they’ll host parties in Waterstones, where you have to tip the waiters with nibbles as you queue to pay for your book? Can’t wait!

  20. Do’h! I’m in the UK until the 27th of July, so I’ll just miss the release :(

    I would’ve loved to be able to pick up a copy while I was there – otherwise, who knows if we’ll even ever see it over here in New Zealand!

  21. I loled. I prefer this much better to the US one. Shall pick it up at waterstones when it comes out.

    I also love how Americans seem to think that us British people don’t understand the concept of giving the finger :P The finger and sticking two fingers up can be used interchangeably.

  22. Hey! I live in Canada and I can buy the UK version on amazon.ca! We use American and British spelling almost interchangeably- although the British is considered to be the correct spelling… and I am a stickler so I would rather read it the “right” way!!
    This is pretty common – when Harry Potter came out here we got ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ as opposed to ‘the Sorcerer’s Stone’ – I still haven’t read it as the Sorcerer’s Stone.. I am guessing they just changed the spellings and that American kids don’t know what a philosopher is? Ha.

  23. I’, SO buying that!!!! Evidently the Brits aren’t the prim and proper people they’re made out to be!! I wish John Murray would give me a job… I’d give a lot to work in a company that publishes such great stuff!!

  24. I’ve only just recently discovered your blog and am SO HAPPY that there’s going to be a uk edition! YAY!!! they better be bringing it to ireland!!

  25. @ Dewdropdream
    The British newspaper with the largest circulation in the UK is a Tabloid called “The Sun”
    Page 3 of this august publication features a topless photograph of various young ladies on a daily basis.

    Now what were you saying about prudery?

  26. A brit recommended your site to me and I love it. I am an American running a restaurant in China and it’s great seeing the comparisons of U.S. Waiters/Waitress to that of China. I’m kinda of glad we are running the restaurant in China..but your website is great and I’ll definitely be getting the book which I’m sure will be available in Hong Kong. Keep up the good work.

  27. A brit recommended your site to me and I love it. I am an American running a restaurant in China and it’s great seeing the comparisons of U.S. Waiters & Waitress to that of China. I’m kinda of glad we are running the restaurant in China..but your website is great and I’ll definitely be getting the book which I’m sure will be available in Hong Kong. Keep up the good work.

  28. Don’t think I’ve ever left a comment on your site, but I just wanted to let you know I’ve pre-ordered your book just now.
    Take care.
    M from Holland

  29. I snrked out loud upon seeing this, and my kids looked at me like I’d lost my mind.

    I am TOTALLY ordering the UK version, even if it does mean extra shipping. It’s worth it.

  30. @ Dave: Oh I’d quite forgotten about the Sun!! Don’t get to see it on my usual travel route… but yeah, prudery and the Brits are officially divorced now I think!

  31. The tagline is better than the American version too, as well as the picture. No wonder I like British tv way more than American stuff…

  32. I’ve routinely ordered Terry Pratchett’s books from amazon.co.uk, and had no problem (They always come out in Britain before the US) with it at all.

    And yes – I’ll be doing that too for this book, the cover is way way better.

    Be careful with ordering though, some CC companies will charge you big extra fees for the foreign transaction. Check with your company.

  33. Reg — It wouldn’t work here because Americans are Puritans, plus, we are currently in a Neo-Victorian phase.

  34. Kim – thanks for your comment – I married an American, once upon a time, and always sensed the Mayflower just behind the corner. As an Alien (as the INS likes to call us) I used to admire the free spirit here – still do in many ways – but the current administration’s ‘clothing’ (masking) of the statue of justice (remember that one?) was very telling … a picture of what was to come.

  35. The British would do well to order the US version off amazon.com, it’s much cheaper with the dollar being what it is.

  36. That’s a pretty bad Photoshop by the way, a good idea which could have been executed in a much better way.

  37. Oh, I love that cover…I wish we could have the same one!
    I have totally done that before, except my hand was hiding in my apron pocket.

  38. Ah dammit, the book hasn’t been released in the UK yet. I was going to buy a couple of copies and hand them out to any anglophile New Yorkers who wanted one when I fly over next week.

    Sorry folks, best laid plans of mice and men…..

  39. Ordered the book. Got my Waiter mug, and some Sunday will have my coffee, book and a good toasted muffin, and a nice day of reading. Too bad it won’t be this coming Father’s day, the only real day I get out of the “Honey Do” list. :-)

  40. I think that Waiter will have to rename his site to Author Rant if he keeps carrying on the way he has.

    I remember he would post one every shift. Now I am wondering if he is working as a waiter anywhere at all.

    I am glad for him. I am glad his book has taken off. But please don’t stop posting because you are a bona fide author now.

    :)

  41. so for your next entry are you going to show us what the cover looks like in Colombia and count it as an entry?

  42. seriously. i’m wondering whether or not to even buy the book. this site went from really awesome to being a complete farce. if there is a post at all, it always ends with some corny phrase or tagline. i remember the salad days when waiter’s posts could make me feel something. they were thought provoking, interesting, human. now they are so generic it’s like he has coded a bot to churn out random stories once a month, just to keep ppl hanging on. do you remember when one post could get thousands of views and over 400 comments? now he’s lucky to break 100. sad.

    so, i shout it once again: you suck waiter!

  43. Okay.
    I’m sure you covered this before, but I only get a chance to see your blog like once a year.
    But why is it you dont use your real name on the book? Are you afraid you’ll have to go back to waiting tables some day and they’ll hold it against you?

  44. @Jocko: I’m an old friend of his, and his name is
    Stee-ven Doo-blah-nick-ah
    (phonetic spelling)
    the cachet of his anonymity wore off a looooooong time ago, I don’t know why he even hangs onto that farce at this point.

  45. The UK version of ‘up yours’ is basically the same meaning as the US single finger… ‘Up Yours’ although really here in the UK we tend to just do 1 finger these days.
    the history of the UK 2 fingers… it is an insult that originally came about when the English were in a war with the French. As the French wernt too keen on being shot by archers, if an english archer was caught, they would cut off their fingers they used to draw the bow’s string. After the English would win a battle, the archers would stick their two fingers to taunt the French, to show that they still had their two fingers left.

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